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Welcome to Russia Reviewed. Here is my blog concept and what I do [upd. 17 Jun. 2021]:
Focus: Informal reviews of print and visual media (primarily books) related to Russia. Occasional journaling.
Target audience: Persons interested in Russia.
Perspective: College-educated (two area studies degrees) but not scholarly. Largely nonpolitical. Skeptical and occasionally snarky.
Biases, limitations and position: here.
Topics covered so far: Russian/Soviet history; foreign policy; domestic politics; visual culture; Putin kitsch; literary translation; language learning; publishing; documentary film; comics; travel.
Up-to-date content starts at: 1 Jan 2019 (excluding 8 Jun. – 31 Jul.). Prior posts express opinions that I no longer hold. If you’re accessing a page via the Wayback, it’s safe to assume it’s outdated, no matter the publication year. Blog(ger) evolution is natural and periodic. Best way to find out my stance on something is to ask.
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Featured image: View of the Odessa Harbor with Ships by Ivan Aivazovsky.